The Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, returned to the diplomatic tensions generated by the passage of at least 8,000 people in the enclave of Ceuta. This dramatic situation has aggravated the already palpable crisis between Morocco and Spain, since the hospitalisation of the Polisario Front leader, Brahim Ghali. However, the Cherifian kingdom refuses to bear the responsibility for such a migratory flow.
Accused of having voluntarily let migrants through, including many Moroccan and sub-Saharan nationals (minors, entire families), Morocco has indicated that it is not its role to be the guardian of borders that are not its own. « Morocco’s vocation is not to be Europe’s policeman, nor its caretaker, » said Nasser Bourita on LCI, before adding: « Morocco does it as a partner. If the foundations of this partnership are not respected, we must ask Spain, a European country, if it has consulted Europe before acting against the interests of this partner.
It must be said that relations between Rabat and Madrid have deteriorated since the Spanish authorities welcomed Brahim Ghali, leader of the Polisario Front, a movement that took up arms last November in response to a military operation by Morocco in Western Sahara. The Cherifian kingdom describes Ghali’s trip as « fraudulent » and demands a « transparent » investigation into the conditions under which he was accepted and hospitalised after contracting Covid-19.
On the other hand, the Spanish authorities insist that the reception of the Polisario Front leader, Brahim Ghali, has a humanitarian character and cannot be qualified as a « betrayal » towards its everyday ally, Morocco. According to the explanations provided by Arancha Gonzalez Laya, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, on the Spanish national radio, the justice of her country has also reopened, this week, a case against Brahim Ghali for « crimes against humanity ».
Indeed, it is an old complaint filed by a Sahrawi association against Brahim Ghali. The leader of the Polisario Front is accused of « human rights violations » against dissidents in the Tindouf camps in western Algeria.